Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for July 18, 2007

Something to keep in mind if I use high copper level as a starting point. What other vitamins and minerals can be effected? Copper, in excess, tends to lower potassium levels? I’ve tried potassium before and didn’t notice any difference. But I do know that it can cause nervousness and has a link with the adrenals.

Effects Of Copper On Other Minerals

Copper, in excess, tends to lower manganese, zinc and potassium levels. Copper toxicity can also result in deficiency of vitamin C and B6, inositol, folic acid and rutin.
Copper tends to increase tissue levels of calcium and sodium.
Copper can displace iron from the liver.

Effects Of Other Minerals And Vitamins On Copper

Mercury, cadmium and zinc – compete for absorption.
Molybdenum and sulfur – bind copper in the intestine.
Iron and manganese – remove copper from the liver.
Zinc – lowers copper levels in the blood.
Vitamin C – chelates copper in the blood.
Vitamin B6, folic acid and niacin are also copper antagonists.
Cobalt is synergetic with copper.

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July 18, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 02, 2007

I’ve been at this now for a long time. I would consider myself with advanced knowledge of nutritional deficiencies and yet today, I’m still learning.

A quick google search and although I’ve looked at phosphorus before, I stumble upon some very interesting clues. Two of the first vitamin deficiencies I discovered were B2 Riboflavin and B3 Niacin and I had very obvious symptoms for both. I always thought it was odd that I had deficiencies of those two specific vitamins when the most popular was always B6 or B12.

Phosphorus is necessary for the conversion of niacin and riboflavin to their active coenzyme forms. Niacin and riboflavin cannot be digested properly by the body unless phosphorus is present. Could this be the reason I was taking B vitamins for such a long time without any success? This is becoming painfully obvious…

It’s also required for healthy nerves and one of the symptoms is something called “Tremulousness”. I have never come across a term like that for a vitamin or mineral symptom so I look up the definition. If that doesn’t describe what I have, then I don’t know what does. Nervousness and a vibratory sensation.

Two other things that interests me? Phosphorus can be destroyed by sugar and just like iron, a symptom is hair loss and eating ice. I thought the iron would make a difference with the hair loss but it didn’t…maybe it’s phosphorus? I’ve also had paresthesia (pins and needles) here and there. Nothing serious but it does happen from time to time and I’ve always thought it was just a sign of poor circulation caused by magnesium. Maybe not?

I’m also interested in one other thing. It plays a role in the heart muscle contraction and with mitral valve prolapse and the relationship with magnesium, it’s time to look at this more seriously. Is it possible to convince a doctor that I have a deficiency in phosphorus? No way, they’d lock me up for sure! Now only if I can actually find it. Off to doctor google:

trem·u·lous·ness

1. (of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness.
2. timid; timorous; fearful.
3. (of things) vibratory, shaking, or quivering.
4. (of writing) done with a trembling hand.

Phosphorus (P)

Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body and is found in every cell. The balance of calcium and phosphorus is needed for them to be effectively used by the body. Phosphorus plays a part in almost every chemical reaction within the body because it is present in every cell. It is important in the utilization of carbohydrates, fats and protein for growth, maintenance and repair and mediation, both within and without the cells, and for the production of energy. It stimulates muscle contractions, including the regular contractions of the heart muscle. Niacin and riboflavin cannot be digested unless phosphorus is present.

Phosphorus is an essential part of nucleoproteins, which are responsible for cell division and reproduction. Phosphorus helps prevent the accumulation of too much acid or too much alkali in the blood, assist in the passage of substances through the cell walls and promote the secretion of glandular hormones. It’s also needed for healthy nerves and efficient mental activity. B-Complex Vitamins and many enzymes require phosphorus to function.

Phosphorus deficiency has been associated with the following symptoms or illnesses:

Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Anemia
Aneurysms
Bone Pain
Dyspnea
Fatigue
Irritability
Numbess
Parathesias (Pins and Needles)
Pica (Eating ice, etc)
Tremulousness
Weakness
Weight Loss

IMPORTANCE:

Needed for blood clotting, bone and teeth formation, cell growth, contraction of the heart muscle, normal heart rhythm, and kidney function; assists the body in the utilization of vitamins and the conversion of food into energy; is involved in virtually all physiological chemical reactions.

Dietary Source: Legumes, milk & milk products, bone meal, nuts, yellow cheese, eggs, fish, grains, poultry

Importance: Works with calcium to form bones, teeth; cell growth and repair; utilizes carbohydrate-fat-protein; heart muscle contraction; nerve activity

Inhibits Absorption: Excessive intake of magnesium, white sugar, iron

Enhances Absorption: Protein, manganese, iron, calcium, A, F, D.

July 2, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 07, 2007

For the past three days the vibration has returned. I thought I was doing good with the added calcium but I guess not. Tomorrow I’ll switch to taking my regular magnesium . I’ll try it in a lower dosage of 250 mg at each meal for 750 mg. Last time I took magnesium alone, it caused my hands to go cold so I’ll be interested to see if that happens again.

I really need to find out if the magnesium is the cause of the vibration or is it just helping relax my nerves and it’s something else. Can an iron deficiency cause nervousness? Like most vitamin and mineral deficiencies, there seems to be no standard for the symptoms.

Every web site tell you something different. Most of them don’t mention nervousness with an iron deficiency but one did… In fact, it contained deficiency dosage and different stages of deficiency that shows it’s possible to have an iron deficiency and a normal Hemoglobin.

First Signs of Iron Deficiency
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If the body does not get enough iron, it is capable of falling back on its own reserves for a while. That is why iron deficiency with its typical symptoms usually becomes noticeable very late. If you feel exhausted and tired more often than usual, notice slight forgetfulness or are nervous, irritated and weary, this might be the first signs of iron deficiency. There are of course other illnesses which have similar symptoms. For this reason, please leave the exact diagnosis to your doctor.

If you notice the symptoms listed below, it is advisable to let your doctor check your blood iron values in any case. The sooner you identify the start of iron deficiency, the better it can be treated.

  • fatigue
  • reduction in physical and mental capacity
  • forgetfulness
  • poor concentration
  • attacks of weakness
  • headaches
  • nervousness
  • loss of appetite
  • gastro-intestinal disturbances
  • shortness of breath
  • heart complaints
  • attacks of weakness
  • increased susceptibility to infection
  • pale, brittle, dry skin
  • brittle flattened finger nails
  • cracked lips
  • loss of hair that is often dull and split

Iron Deficiency Therapy – Possibilities and Limitations

A daily dose of 80 – 100 mg free iron is considered as standard treatment for iron deficiency. Depending on the quality of the preparation, various amounts of iron are absorbed by the body. During a period of iron deficiency, the body increases the iron absorption rate from 10 % to approximately 50 % on its own, in order to quickly prevent the risk of iron deficiency anemia.

The aim of treatment is to completely eliminate the iron deficit and to replenish the iron stores. Accordingly, treatment can take, where iron depots are empty, up to 3 – 6 months, depending on the actual daily amount of iron taken. When treatment takes so long, it is important that you tolerate the iron preparation well. It is not rare that gastric intolerance hinders compliance. Treatment then only slowly achieves its aim – if at all. Please ask your doctor for a preparation that offers the body as much iron as possible and that is also well tolerated.

Iron deficiency stages: Latent iron deficiency

In latent iron deficiency, the iron stored in the depots has been used up. The organism now automatically falls back on the iron present in the blood. During this stage, you may start to experience unpleasant symptoms such as headache, susceptibility to cold, increasing nervousness and decrease in vitality. Treatment of latent iron deficiency lasts for approx. 6 – 8 weeks. Only after this period iron depots are replenished.

Serum ferritin: < 30 mg/l
Hemoglobin: Normal to slightly low.

And can iron levels effect the adrenals? Yup, it sure can.

Iron deficiency is known to depress the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to infection. Thyroid, para-thyroid and adrenal gland function are all influenced by an imbalance of iron.

June 10, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 19, 2007

Reading further about Licorice root, it can also be effective on nervousness and candida.

Licorice root helps prevent adrenal failure by maintaining electrolyte balance. Research shows benefits for Addison’s disease sufferers. Rather than contributing to adrenal atrophy, as synthetics do, licorice helps to preserve adrenal integrity. Licorice is a herb that can have marked effect upon the endocrine system. The glycosides in the plant have a structure that is similar to the natural steroids of the body. Overworked adrenals in hypoglycaemic cases with nervousness, irritability, stress, fatigue, and depression can be helped with licorice. Many who have taken licorice to support the adrenals find stress, worry and negative attitudes fall away, and that they have strength and energy to cope with daily life, and without the doped out sensations caused by tranquilizers and drugs.

Licorice Formula

“Over the last decade or so we have seen only four people with healthy adrenals and only four people who tested negatively for Candida overgrowth (based on kiniesiology testing), and yes, they were indeed the same four people. This reminds us that the adrenals are an integral part of the immune system. Also, candida can produce adrenal insufficiency symptoms because the candida yeast can bind adrenal steroids, rendering them ineffective.”

One thing that vibrantly well people always have in common is healthy adrenal glands. Conversely, chronically unwell people always have low adrenal function regardless of whatever other issues need treating. As Dr Eldred Taylor notes “effective treatment of the adrenal glands leads to optimal functioning of the entire endocrine (hormonal) and immune system. The adrenal gland has a profound effect on sex and thyroid hormones, glucose relations and the immune system”.

The adrenal glands are chiefly responsible for regulating our bodies response to stress. They are also involved with immune response, regulation of inflammation, and carbohydrate metabolism. Suffice it to say the adrenal glands are important! They produce anti inflammatory steroids (corticosteroids) and the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.

Stress, a diet high in refined carbohydrates, excessive caffeine intake, and nutrient deficiencies conspire to ensure that hypoadrenia (depleted or exhausted adrenals) is endemic.

Apart from high stress levels and sugar / carbohydrate cravings, other signs of hypoadrenia include early-morning headache, fatigue, allergies, arthritis, low blood-pressure, thyroid deficiency, hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), and candida.

May 19, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Entry for January 13, 2007

A serotonin deficiency can cause nervousness and sugar cravings. And a deficiency can be caused by low magnesium and low niacin levels among aother things. Interesting reading…

Serotonin deficiency signs/symptoms:

Depressed
Nervous/worrier/can’t relax
Fears/phobias
Negative/pessimistic
Irritable/impatient/edgy
Obsessive compulsive tendency
Self destructive or suicidal thoughts/plans
Low self esteem/confidence
Rage/anger/explosive/assaultive
Sleep problems/light sleeper
Feel worse in & dislike dark weather
Crave sugar/carbs/salt/alcohol/marijuana
Chronic pain (e.g. headaches, backaches, fibomyalgia)
PMS
Antidepressants or 5-HTP improve mood

Factors which reduce serotonin levels:

Stress
PCB’s, pesticides and plastic chemicals exposure
Under-methylation
Inadequate sunlight exposure
Tryptophan (precursor) deficiency
Iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, B3, B6, folate & vitamin C deficiency
Inadequate sleep
Glutathione deficiency
Chronic infections
Genetic serotonin receptor abnormalities
Chronic opioid, alcohol, amphetamine & marijuana use
Human growth hormone deficiency
Progesterone deficiency
Impaired blood flow to brain
Insulin resistance or deficiency

January 13, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 10, 2007

Did some research on Phosphorus today. Here’s what I found:

Phosphorus

Biological functions and health benefits

Phosphorus performs a wide variety of functions. Phosphorus promotes and stimulates early growth and blooming and root growth. It hastens maturity and seed growth, and contributes to the general hardiness of plants. Most phosphate in the human body is in bone, but phosphate-containing molecules (phospholipids) are also important components of cell membranes and lipoprotein particles, such as good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Small amounts of phosphate are engaged in biochemical reactions throughout the body. Phosphorus is a component of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a fundamental energy source in living things. Phosphorus is essential for normal heart and kidney functioning. It speeds up the healing of broken bones and other injuries and functions is to metabolize fats and starches for energy, as well as being necessary for proper nerve impulses and for niacin assimilation.

Phosphorus is needed for the growth, maintenance, and repair of all tissues and cells, and for the production of the genetic building blocks, DNA and RNA. Phosphorus is also needed to balance and metabolize other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, calcium, iodine, magnesium, and zinc. It is also important for forming cell membranes, the specialised layers that enclose body cells. It is a principal mineral of bones and teeth, it is part of every cell, it is important in genetic material, part of phospholipids and used in energy transfer and in buffer systems that maintain acid-base balance.

Phosphorus Deficiency

Inadequate phosphorus intake results in abnormally low serum phosphate levels (hypophosphatemia). Hypophosphatemia is usually asymptomatic. Chronic severe hypophosphatemia can cause anorexia, muscle weakness, and osteomalacia. Phosphorous deficiencies can be caused by excessive intake of aluminum containing agents (such as certain antacids) because the aluminum can bind to phosphorous.

In addition, diabetes, starvation, alcoholism, and conditions that can cause abnormal absorption of nutrients can lead to depletion of phosphorous in the body. Symptoms of phosphate deficiency include loss of appetite, anxiety, bone pain, bone fragility, stiffness in the joints, fatigue, irregular breathing, irritability, numbness, weakness, and weight change.

There are three things that have my curiosity about phosphorous. 1) Is destroyed by a high sugar diet. 2) Can cause anxiety and 3) Is not in my multivitamin.

How much is usually taken?

Phosphorus supplements are unnecessary. Most multiple vitamin-mineral supplements do not contain phosphorus for this reason.

So if the idea is that most people don’t need it, what about the people who have a deficiency? It was hard enough trying to convince doctors of a B vitamin deficiency Imagine if I started asking questions about Phosphorus? I went into three health food stores and not one of them carried it. I did manage to find one store that did carry it, but in the homeopathic version so I’ll give that i try for now.

Still vibrating…

January 10, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 07, 2007

Just had a quick look regarding vitamins and minerals that are destroyed by sugar intake. and I was not too familiar with Choline and Inositol. Choline seems to be really important for the nerves and a deficiency can cause nerve degeneration.

Here’s what I found:

What it does in the body: Fat metabolism. Choline is involved in fat metabolism and in the transport of fats from the liver.

Cell membranes: Choline is a component of cell membranes and plays a role in the transmission of signals inside cells. Myelin, the insulating sheath around the nerves, and platelet activating factor contain choline.

Neurotransmitters: Choline accelerates the synthesis and release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in many nerve and brain functions. Dietary intake of choline seems to affect body levels of acetylcholine.

Absorption: Choline may be absorbed better in the form of lecithin.

Deficiency: Choline deficiency symptoms in humans include fatty liver and liver damage. These symptoms have been demonstrated only recently in humans fed choline- deficient diets. This means that choline fulfills one of the criteria for being an essential nutrient. Patients on long-term parenteral nutrition who are not given choline develop fatty infiltration of the liver and other signs of dysfunction. This condition can be improved, and possibly prevented, with choline supplementation.

Choline deficiency in animals also leads to nerve degeneration, senile dementia, high blood cholesterol, and liver cancer – possibly by affecting cell signaling or by generating free radicals and DNA alterations.

Nervous system disorders: Uptake of circulating choline into the brain decreases with age. Choline is important for nerve structure and function; and this change may contribute to the type of dementia in which cholinergic nerves are lost.

Sources: Good sources of choline in the form of lecithin include eggs, organ meats, lean meat, brewer’s yeast, legumes such as soybeans, grains, and nuts. It is found in green leafy vegetables as free choline.

I was taking lecithin a while back but I didn’t find any difference or improvement. Looks like I’ll be adding it again.

January 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for January 07, 2007

I’ve made list of vitamins and minerals that are destroyed by high sugar intake. Also made a list of deficiency symptoms that include anxiety and nervousness.

Vitamin/Minerals (Factors that inhibit absorption) : Excessive Sugar

Vitamin B (complex), Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid), Niacin (nicotinic acid), Chromium, Choline, Copper, Inositol, Phosphorus, Potassium and Magnesium.

There is one more aspect of health that is effected by excessive sugar: Candida

Vitamin/Mineral deficiencies

Anxiety: Chromium, Niacin, Magnesium, Phosphorus

Nervousness: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iodine, Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine).

And the common link between sugar and anxiety? B Complex, Niacin, Phosphorus and Potassium. B complex contains the vitamins B-1, B-2, B-5 and B-6. My B-1 and B-6 tested okay and I had three riboflavin (B-2) injections. So that narrows down the list of possibilities.

I’m really not sure about the difference between anxiety and nervousness so I decide to look them up.

Anxiety: distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.

Nervousness: highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress.

After looking at the definitions, I’d say that my problem is more linked to nervousness than anxiety.

January 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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